How Plumbers Perform Leak Detection
All leaks are not the same. Some water leaks are obvious, such as when water is gushing from a pipe on your property. Others are more subtle and may go unnoticed for long periods. Untreated leaks can increase your water bill and cause serious damage to your property. This could cost you a lot in the long term. Water leaks can also encourage the growth of mold or mildew which can have a negative impact on the health and well-being of those who live in the building.
It may shock you to discover that water leaks can go unnoticed in places where they are not visible. You could be spending hundreds of dollars each and every year due to water leaks if you don’t check your water bill or have an expert inspect your property. Even the smallest leak can cause damage to entire areas of your property and other problems. It is important that you are always on the lookout in order to detect any potential leakages in your home.
It isn’t an easy job to find water leaks. It is a skill that requires extensive experience and specialized skills. Plumbers are professionals who identify and fix leaks. They employ a variety of tools and techniques to quickly locate leaks. To locate the source of water leakage quickly and accurately, plumbers use advanced leak detection equipment.
Finding the source of the leak
A plumber will usually inspect your home to find any signs of water damage before using any leak detection equipment. This includes inspecting your pool, irrigation systems, water fixtures, as well as specific areas such under sinks or toilets. To get an estimate of your water consumption, a plumber will check your water meter.
Video Inspection Equipment
Plumbers can use special video pipe inspection devices to detect leaks accurately. These cameras are small and mounted on flexible fiber optic cables. These cameras are used by plumbers to find hidden leaks in pipes.
The camera transmits high-resolution images from the camera to a display so that the plumber can inspect the pipe from the inside. This allows them to find a leak from the inside.
Microphones and listening Discs
Professional plumbers use a variety of tools to find water leakages, including listening discs and microphones. Plumbers can use listening discs to locate leaks in cabinets, drywall, or other solid materials.
Sound technology uses microphones to amplify the sound of water leaking through listening discs that are placed on a surface. The sound of water flowing through pipes beneath walls or under the surface will be heard by a plumber. This allows the plumber to see where the leak is before attempting to fix it. You can also use microphones to hear through concrete, brick, and stone surfaces.
Thermal Imaging Cameras
Thermal imaging cameras (heat scanners) are used to find hidden leaks in hot water pipes. Cameras can detect problems that the naked eye cannot. Thermal imaging cameras use infrared imaging technology for measuring the heat emitted from objects.
An infrared inspection can quickly assess large areas and cause minimal disruption to your property. Thermal imaging cameras are able to detect hidden water leaks as well as their source. They can also detect water that is not physically accessible using moisture meters.
Soil probing allows plumbers to detect pressure leaks in sewer pipes and wastewater lines. This soil probing technique allows them to listen through soil, rocks, or grass. Experienced plumbers can distinguish the sounds they hear and determine the depth of the leak.
Call us today at P & S Plumbing if you suspect that you may have a water leak.